February 26th, 2013
To my dear Casey,
We are now four days away from your first birthday. How did this happen so quickly? One year ago, you were already four days past your due date, and I was grumpy and uncomfortable, impatiently waiting to meet you. You are a testament to the fact that time speeds up exponentially when you have children. You symbolize the best year of my life; the year that our family became complete.
You are growing quickly, my love, and I am cherishing each moment. These are my hopes for you:
I hope you always find excitement in simple things. Today, it’s playing in the basement, being outside, and eating ham. But when tomorrow comes, it will be watching sunsets, hearing your shoes crunch Fall leaves, and the smell of fresh coffee. Enjoy the small things.
I hope you always have an easy smile and a quick laugh. Show your happiness on the outside so that it may rub off on others.
I hope you always explore your environment. You are independent and curious and inquisitive. Spread your wings and fly.
I hope you always look to your big brother for guidance and companionship. Take care of each other.
I hope you always have people to hug and kiss before you go to bed. And before you go for a nap. And before you leave the house. Appreciate those people, take care of those people, remember how lucky you are to have those people and how lucky they are to have you.
But most of all, my sweet girl, I hope you always know how much we love you.